Review and Swatches: Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation

Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation and Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation
Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundations and Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation

During Tarte’s last friends and family sale (30% off, yeah!), I bagged a few of their foundations. Two shades of the Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation 12-hour Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen (in shades ‘light’ and ‘light medium’) and the Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen (in shade ‘light medium sand’).

Until my early 30’s, tinted moisturizers or very sheer foundations were enough for the coverage I needed. As I get older, my need for higher coverage and a great finish is much more pronounced, perhaps also because my skin is not as in great shape as in when I was younger. So I’m always tempted by great foundation reviews, and these Tarte ones have been getting those in good number. This review is for the Maracuja Miracle foundation. I will review the 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation later.

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Left to right: Tarte Maracuja Miracla in ‘light’ and ‘light medium’, Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation in ‘light medium sand’

First off, the shade ‘light’ is a very good match, as foundation goes. I have a very strong yellow tone, and it is hard to find a good match amongst international brands (local Indonesian brands, however, give me great matches). Note the difference in shade ‘light medium’ in the two types of these Tarte foundations, which are both too dark for me.

The finish of the Maracuja Miracle Foundation is sheer and slightly satin-y. In the picture below, the Foundation was applied atop serum and without primer and powder. I suppose you can add a few layers to get medium coverage.The lasting power is standard (starting to lose coverage and having to blot after about 4 hours), but I like the color match, having some sun protection, and that it applies nicely without a primer (hail silicones and beeswax galore!).

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Passiflora adulis seed oil (the so-called maracuja) is listed very, very low in the ingredients list. I doubt you are getting any significant amount of miracle, ha!

Maracuja Miracle Foundation list of ingredients
Maracuja Miracle Foundation list of ingredients


2 thoughts on “Review and Swatches: Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation”

  1. Dear Lena, I think I really need your help to choose the shade.
    I am going to have a big occasion and I really want to use tarte liquid foundation but I have no idea which one the shade I should buy!
    I am currently using MUFE 125 and 140 which is light with beige undertone (my partner says I have strong yellow undertone but the BA in MUFE said I have reddish skin in the cheek). So I have no idea to choose, light medium sand or light neutral? please help me!

    1. hi raissa,
      have you tried finding a match on temptalia’s foundation matrix? you can use your existing foundation as a basic information, and see which shades would match you in other brand’s foundation. it’s not perfect, but gives a general idea. are you thinking about the tarte maracuja miracle or the clay full coverage one? if the maracuja miracle, i still have it (in shade light) and can send you a sample if you’re in jabodetabek, email aja ya, travelingblush di gmail titik com. unfortunately i let the clay one go; it was a very good match but i have other foundations in full coverage ones already that work better for me (guerlain parure gold, kat von d tattoo lock it), so it was too much to hoard another one.

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